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Welcome to Student Health Insurance


Medical Plan:

Annual: August 15, 2017 – August 14, 2018

Fall: August 15, 2017 – December 31, 2017

Spring: January 1, 2018 – August 14, 2018

Continuation Plan:

Fall: August 15, 2017 - November 14, 2017

Spring: January 1, 2018 - March 31, 2018



Every degree-seeking student is required to have health insurance coverage, compliant with the Affordable Care Act, while enrolled at Rice University.

Therefore, all students MUST TAKE ACTION, during the open enrollment period, to elect to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan, administered by Aetna Student Health, OR request a waiver of the Student Health Insurance Plan, by demonstrating comparable insurance coverage.

To enroll, in coverage, due to a qualifying life event, please email

**IMPORTANT: If you do not take action to enroll in or waive the student insurance plan prior to the deadline, you will be automatically enrolled into the insurance plan and responsible for the full premium amount. You will be unable to cancel coverage for any reason.**
Note: All Rice-sponsored F-1 and J-1 International Students are required to enroll in either the Aetna Student Health Insurance plan or Rice's approved Alternative Insurance Plan for International Students by Student Assurance Services (SAS). For all questions regarding the SAS plan, contact the Office of International Students and Scholars.


Aetna Updates

5 Ways to Help Female Travelers Stay Safe Abroad

Women can be viewed as vulnerable targets when they travel and generally face a higher level of risk than their male peers. 
Recognizing this, we’re offering specific information and advice to help mitigate these risks so you can prepare your female travelers... Read more


Aetna members now have access to Teleheatlh consultations through TelaDoc. TelaDoc provides 24/7/365 access to a national network of US. Board-Certified physicians who can resolve many medical issues via phone or online video consultations. TelaDoc doctors can diagnose, treat, and prescribe... Read more

Minimum Essential Coverage Reporting

On 3/5/2014, the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the final rules on the Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) reporting, required under Section 6055 of the ACA. The rules require issuers of insured plans (such as Aetna Student Health plans) to file reports with... Read more


UPDATE: Aetna Student Health no longer mails out physical medical ID cards.

You can access and print your web medical ID by clicking on the link located under Student Resources, dowloading the Aetna mobile app, or by logging into the Aetna Navigator. If you would like a physical medical card, please contact Aetna Member Services to request that your medical ID card be mailed to your address.

Click here for Instructions on how to Print your Aetna Medical ID Card